PART 2. Between thing and event

Helen Grogan, PART 2. Between thing and event, Courtesy the artist. Photo: Laura May Grogan

Helen Grogan, SPECIFIC IN-BETWEEN (The choreographic negotiated in six parts)
PART 2. Between thing and event

Discursive and performative works are enacted by Benjamin Woods and Geoff Robinson. Both artists incorporate approaches to ‘doing’ or ‘enacting’ as means for presenting their ideas. Benjamin Woods shifts between a research paper and bodily and perceptual demonstrations, and Geoff Robinson structures a situation in which performance is a means for articulating live decision-making. Consistent with his on-going practice of overlaying sites, Robinson uses Gallery 1 as the material site to enact processes central to his work. This event involves the performative participation of Helen Grogan, through the invitation and direction of Geoff Robinson and Benjamin Woods.


Between thing and event ONLINE CONTRIBUTIONS


Bianca Hester has contributed two texts for this program. These texts have been selected in consultation with live participants, Benjamin Woods and Geoff Robinson.

there there, here now: sound-space, abstraction, embodiment, written as a catalogue essay for Geoff Robinson, February 2009, Bianca Hester

enabling restraints, November 2008, Bianca Hester


feeling materialan essay to be reworked for SPECIFIC IN-BETWEEN (the choreographic negotiated in six parts), a curatorial and research series presented by Helen Grogan as part of Framed Movements, ACCA, 15 October – 19 November 2014, Benjamin Woods

potential poster imagery SIDE A, computer drawing from action documentation in various locations with Helen Grogan and Megan Dennis, 2014, Benjamin Woods

Benjamin Woods, widen, subtract, warm, cool, observe out, computer drawing from action improvisation with Megan Dennis and Benjamin Woods for the project exfoliated by the world, presented at Fort Delta, June 2014.


Geoff Robinson has contributed the following video material to PART 2. Between thing and event of SPECIFIC IN-BETWEEN (the choreographic negotiated in six parts).


Bianca Hester’s practice explores the convergences between social space, materiality and embodiment as processes in motion. Recent projects involve experimenting with the various limits that regulate territories by developing strategies for addressing the ways spaces are constructed. Her practice explores the manifold rhythms at play within and across various sites, generating and interposing other rhythms (movements – materialities – actions) in order to open up possibilities for how we might engage, encounter and occupy place. The work she produces emerges in response to specific material, social and spatial conditions, often involving the fashioning of site-based alterations, actions, constructions, objects, collaborations and video. More recently, she has been developing projects that work directly with the fabric of the city which attempt to bring about an expanded form of public sculpture where multiple relations including bodies, sites, objects, histories, and temporalities converge.

Bianca Hester recently began a three-year Post-doctoral research fellowship at the Sydney College of the Arts (University of Sydney). Before then she taught in the department of Sculpture and Spatial Practice at the Victorian College of the Arts (University of Melbourne) between 2005-2012. She completed a PhD by project in sculpture at RMIT in 2007. She was a founding member of CLUBSproject inc. (2002-2007), and is a member of OSW (2003 – ongoing). Recent projects include: only from the perspective of a viewer situated upon the surface of the earth does day and night occur, commissioned by ACCA and The Common Guild in Glasgow, as a part of the Glasgow International Festival for Visual Arts, 2012; a world fully accessible by no living being at Federation Square, which was the winning entry for the Melbourne Prize for Urban Sculpture, 2011; please leave these windows open overnight to enable the fans to draw in cool air during the early hours of the morning at The Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, 2010; these circumstances: temporarily generating forms, improvising encounters at Sarah Scout Presents, 2011; only from the perspective of a viewer situated upon the surface of the earth does day and night occur at The Narrows, 2009; The West Brunswick Sculpture Triennial, with the OSW collective, 2009; fashioning discontinuities at the Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne, 2009; and, projectprojects at The Showroom in London, 2008. The book titled accommodating spaces, materials, projects, people, videos, actions, objects, thoughts: relatively was commissioned by The Narrows in 2009. She is represented by Sarah Scout Gallery, Melbourne.

Geoff Robinson creates process-determined, site-based artworks that engage with sound mapping and spatial diagrams. His practice investigates the transformation of sonic experiences into form and the alternate relationships and contexts that occur when sites are overlaid through sound and diagram.

Geoff has exhibited at MoKS, Estonia, 2014; Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne, 2012; HIAP, Finland, 2012; Sound Effects: Sound Specific, South Korea, 2010; Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne, 2009; Heide Museum of Modern Art, 2007; and, presented the Site Overlay/Acoustic Survey project across three public sites in Melbourne, 2013. He received the City of Melbourne 2009 Laneway Commission, a Gertrude Contemporary studio 2004-2006, is a finalist in the 2014 Melbourne Prize for Urban Sculpture and is currently undertaking a PhD in Fine Art at Monash University.

Benjamin Woods uses an open, generative and performative process of making that poetically engages with a turning, shifting set of intensities; meeting and enfolding differing textures, patterns and actions, and weaving these forces into particular discursive and architectural circumstances. His practice becomes public with improvisations, actions, sculptural productions, installations, images, discussion and writing.

Benjamin Woods is a Melbourne-based artist working across sculptural, spatial and movement practice. He completed a Master of Fine Art at the Victorian College of the Arts in 2012 with a project titled becoming becoming open all-around, researching open artistic practice through improvisational experiments between sculpture and action. Since then, Ben has produced projects for Outward Project, Launceston, 2013; Interpreting Variable Arrangements, Stockholm, Sweden, 2013; Does it Matter? Kings ARI 10 year Program, Melbourne, 2013; and c3 Contemporary Art Space, Melbourne, 2013; as well as participating in many collaborative projects across Melbourne. In 2012 Ben received a City of Melbourne grant to produce a sporadic and nomadic sculptural improvisation project called open blankets. Most recently, Ben produced the project exfoliated by the world at Fort Delta, and collaborated with Sarah crowEST on a Melbourne Art Fair project room titled BETTER. FASTER. STRONGER. supported by the Melbourne Art Foundation (with c3 Contemporary Art Space).